Aug 09, 2023
Showa Hospitality, LLC v. Sentinel Insurance Company, Limited, S280846.

#23-167 Showa Hospitality, LLC v. Sentinel Insurance Company, Limited, S280846. (D080008; nonpublished opinion; San Diego County Superior Court; 37-2020-00018311-CU-IC-CTL.) Petition for review after the Court of Appeal affirmed the judgment in a civil action. The court ordered briefing deferred pending decision in John’s Grill, Inc.

HT-Seattle Owner, LLC v. Am. Guar. & Liab. Ins. Co. (9th Cir. May 19, 2023, No. 21–35916) 2023 WL 3562996 [mem. disp.]

Ninth Circuit affirms dismissal of hotel’s property insurance claim for pandemic-related business losses

Starlight Cinemas, Inc. v. Massachusetts Bay Insurance Company (2023) 91 Cal.App.5th 24

Court of Appeal affirms dismissal of movie theater’s property insurance claim for pandemic-related business losses

GMSR notches another appellate win in high-stakes COVID insurance litigation

Plaintiff In-N-Out Burgers sought coverage from its property insurer for losses it argued were sustained as a result of the COVID-19 virus.  Like dozens of other unsuccessful COVID-19-era lawsuits against insurance carriers, it argued there was “direct physical loss of or damage” to its property

In-N-Out Burgers v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co. (9th Cir. Mar. 10, 2023, No. 22-55266) 2023 WL 2445681 [mem. disp.]

GMSR notches another appellate win in high-stakes COVID insurance litigation

County of Los Angeles Department of Health v. Superior Court (2021) 61 Cal.App.5th 478

In a published opinion, the Second District Court of Appeal granted GMSR’s petition for a writ of mandate on behalf of the County of Los Angeles and its health officers

GMSR’s Robin Meadow authors article on successful navigation of judicial references

Judicial references are an attractive alternative to waiting behind the superior court’s Covid-19 backlog to get to trial. But there are traps for the unwary: Many practitioners do not know about some important legal aspects of references, and they often fail to appreciate what they

Nov 03, 2020 Cynthia E. Tobisman
Join us at the Women in Legal & Corporate Leadership Virtual Summit on Thursday, November 12th!

GMSR’s Cindy Tobisman is part of the Women in Legal & Corporate Leadership Virtual Summit! As part of this upcoming online event with the Los Angeles legal community, Cindy’s panel will discuss strategies to develop your career potential and redefining success in the age of

May 27, 2020 Laurie J. Hepler
A Moment of Gratitude

Two months ago, COVID-19 closed most of California’s civil court system—the largest in the world.  And nearly all courts remain shuttered except for true emergencies. But there is one major exception: the appellate courts.  Their work does not require large gatherings, and most of it can

Apr 22, 2020
Trial Court Statutory Filing Deadlines During The Pandemic

View Document            There is no “business as usual” these days. Many California courts are open only for emergency functions, creating confusion if you have a statutory filing deadline. The stakes are high for jurisdictional deadlines, such as a notice of appeal or notice of intent

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